Who are we?

We are a community based LGBTQ+ organisation based in Bedfordshire, providing project's/activities for the queer community.
Our aims are to; 

  • Break the stigma and, through mutual support, tackle the social isolation that LGBTQ+ people often experience.
  • Strengthen local LGBTQ+ networks by creating safe spaces for creativity and active wellbeing.
  • Working together as representatives of public, private and voluntary sector organisations to improve health and social care experience for our community

 

Current Projects/Activities 

Queer Craftivism Collective

The Queer Craftivist Collective is a friendly group of like-minded LGBTQ+ folk and allies. No previous art or crafting experience necessary. We can learn together, to pursue common goals, and express our thoughts and values in creative, proactive ways. Materials and refreshments provided, just bring your enthusiasm. (donations are always welcome)

What is craftivism?

The act of using craft projects as a form of protest, to help raise awareness and make change through the use of art and creativity

What is our motivation?

Never has there been a more important time this century for LGBTQ+ solidarity, social support, and activism. Being creative expresses who we are, how we feel, and enhances our wellbeing, individually and collectively

We all want things to change, for things to get better. And often it feels difficult to find your voice.

  • If there's time for the loud, there's time for the quiet.
  • If there's time for the fast, there's a need for the slow.

For more info please contact
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

LGBTQ+ Trans inclusive swimming session

These swimming sessions are the first of it's kind in the east of England.

We have our swimming sessions twice a month, one of these sessions are in the afternoon and the other is in the evening.

These sessions are very relaxed and you can wear what makes you feel comfortable (no rules here)

Swimmers of variable abilities welcome as this is a social swim 

we do ask that those who are under 16's to bring a responsible adult with them 

For more info please contact
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

LGBTQ+ social

Come and join us for a cupper.

We host a regular social meet up at the Green Earth cafe at 13 St Pauls Square
every fortnight at 1pm.

This is a great space and time to meet  up and talk with like mined people 

For more info please contact
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

Trans and non-binary sports sessions

Trans and non-binary sports sessions these are multi sports sessions and for people of mixed abilities (no experience needed), £2 session. 

These sessions are running at the University of Bedfordshire, Bedford campus. 

LGBQ+ ALLIES welcome

 

For more info please contact
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

Variety show 

Please come along for what promises to be a great night, connect with other queer people and allies. 10% of donations will go to Rainbow Bedfordshire, which all gets directed to community projects we run.

If you would like to preform please get in touch.

dates are 
31st October 7pm

28th November 7pm

2nd January 7pm

27th February 7pm

26th March 7pm

for more info please can get in touch 
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

LGBTQ+ History month (February) 2024

LGBT HISTORY MONTH at the Higgins

The 2024 theme celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.

Sunday 4th February at 2.30pm  this will be a talk by Stephen Bourne about Cecil Bayfield-Clarke. 
Stephen Bourne is a writer, film and social historian specialising in black heritage and gay culture www.stephenbourne.co.uk

Tuesday 20th February 2.30 pm Book club discussion and social get together  
 ‘Gay Club’ by Simon James Green
 Some copies of the book are available on request from The Higgins to borrow
 (Refreshments will be available)

Saturday 24th February 2024

LGBT+ History Month Festival 

The Higgins Bedford, Barbican Studio

11am Welcome from Lydia Saul on Under the Scope theme

11.10 ­– 11.50am Alex Baird from University of Bedfordshire 'Que(e)rying Leadership on a LGBTQ+ Leadership Development Programme for UK Higher Education (HE) staff'

11.50 – 12noon break

12 – 1.30pm Poetry workshop with Katie O’Pray

1.30 – 2.15pm Lunch

2.15 – 3.15pm Redefining Green in the Rainbow: Exploring Queerness in Nature by Sian Hodgkinson in partnership with Recovery College Voice Box

3.15 – 3.30pm break

3.30pm – 4.45pm Drama workshop with Ollie Thoupos

4.45 – 4.50pm Sum up of the day

4.55pm go on to Green Earth Café for evening drinks and Open Mic Variety performance with Jan. Light sandwich refreshments 5 – 6.30pm, 6.30pm – 8pm performance.

for more info please can get in touch 
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

LGBTQ+ Festival A Pride for everyone

We are looking are holding a LGBTQ+ Festival on the 11th May 2024

We are looking for people to preform or could you run workshops on the day.

So do you do?

  • poetry
  • dance 
  • drag
  • singing
  • music
  • art workshop
  • surprise us, tell us your talent 

Location
University of Bedfordshire Bedford Campus
Pollhill Avenue
Bedford
MK41 9EA

 
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

Trans and Gender nonconforming Clothing swap/shop

We are having a Trans and Gender nonconforming Clothing  swap/shop where you can come along and pick out a new outfit.
 

Next event date to be confirmed for the new year (2024)

You can either bring some items along to swap or you can "shop" (all items are free)
Each person will be given tokens to exchange for items. if you have donated items to the swap you will receive an extra token.

We are still looking for donation of clothing, hats, accessories, shoes, bags, wigs, toiletries and binders.

 

 If you would like to donate please can you get in touch 
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

Toiletries 

We asking for donations of toiletries and sanitary products, these products are for people who cannot get them due to social dysphoria and poverty.

If you would like to donate or if you feel like you are in need of any products please get in touch 


info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

coming soon
 

We are always looking for new ideas 


For more info please contact
info@rainbowbedfordshire.co.uk

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